Chicago Bar Association President Aurora Abella-Austriaco Joins Clark Hill PLC
"We are pleased to announce the addition of Aurora Abella-Austriaco to our team," said Ray J. Koenig III, leader of Clark Hill's Chicago office. "She brings a wide range of experience in the area of real estate litigation, and will be a tremendous asset to our practice and our office."
Austriaco concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation, construction litigation, mechanic's liens, mortgage foreclosure, mortgage fraud, title insurance claims and other special chancery remedy cases.
Austriaco is currently serving as President of the Chicago Bar Association, an organization of more than 22,000 lawyers. She serves on the board of the Chicago Bar Foundation and served on the board of the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) for five years and as its vice president for two years. She was elected as the first female and minority president of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers' Association (IRELA), an organization of approximately 1,500 real estate lawyers throughout Illinois. Austriaco also served as board member of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI). She is a founding board member of the Filipino American Bar Association, past board member and current member of the Asian American Bar Association, and past member of the ISBA Real Estate Section Council. She also was elected to the Board of Directors of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund Inc., a bar related title insurance company. Austriaco was appointed by Chief Judge Holderman to serve as Chair of the 2012 Magistrate Merit Selection Panel.
Austriaco served four years as chair of the Tellers Committee of the ABA House of Delegates and five years as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. She is currently serving her third year as Chicago Bar Association delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. She was appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on Constitution and By-laws, and was appointed as 2011-12 Diversity Director for the ABA General Practice Small Solo Division.
In addition to her bar association involvement, Austriaco also is active in the community. She is currently serving her tenth term as chair of the Cook County State's Attorney Asian Advisory Council and her eleventh year as commissioner for the Cook County Human Rights Commission. She also is currently serving her ninth year as commissioner for the Park Ridge Building and Zoning Commission is the current president of the Maine South Hawkette Booster Board, and served on the board of the Park Ridge Juniors, a group made up of Park Ridge philanthropic women that raises funds for the not-for-profit organizations in Park Ridge.
Austriaco graduated from DePaul University with a B.S. in Finance (1987) and J.D. (1990).